Date set for Messi appeal against tax fraud sentence

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, Mar 24 : Spain’s Supreme Court will consider Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi’s appeal against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud on April 20, a court spokesperson said today. That date is three days before the “Clasico” between Barca and Real Madrid which could go a long way to deciding this […]

Barca must use common sense over Messi contract says CEO

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, Jan 11 : Barcelona’s hopes of offering talisman and all-time top scorer Lionel Messi an improved contract face a stumbling block because of the expenditure caps imposed by La Liga, the Spanish champions’ CEO Oscar Grau said today. While Messi’s feted strike partners Luis Suarez and Neymar have each signed new […]

Messi still the best despite international failures – Ronaldinho

By Shravanth Vijayakumar CHENNAI, Jul 17 : Lionel Messi is still the best player in the world despite never winning a major international trophy for Argentina, former Barcelona team mate and Brazil great Ronaldinho said today. The 29-year-old Messi, who retired from internationals last month after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final, […]

Argentines take to streets, demand Messi return to national team

By Maximilian Heath BUENOS AIRES, Jul 3 : Hundreds of Argentines protested in the pouring rain,demanding that soccer star Lionel Messi return to Argentina’s national team after he unexpectedly quit following a loss in the regional Copa America final. Messi, a five-time World Player of the Year, has played in three Copa America finals, in […]

Barcelona want to tie Messi, Neymar and Mascherano to longer deals

By Adriana Garcia BARCELONA, Jun 30 : Barcelona hope to extend the contracts of some of their top players, including Lionel Messi and Neymar, after announcing record revenue in 2015/16, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said today. The Spanish champions in three of the past four seasons, received 743.77 million dollar in the last financial […]

Argentina fight back for 2-1 win on Messi return

By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES, Mar 25 : Lionel Messi’s return sparked Argentina to a 2-1 win over Chile in Santiago, breathing new life into their South American qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup. Messi, who had missed the first four games last year with a knee injury, yesterday laid on the 24th-minute winner […]